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MOC Part 3: Pilot Project

The ABPN Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part III Pilot Project is a professional journal article-based assessment activity designed as an optional alternative to the current secure, proctored 10-year MOC examination. The Pilot Project will run from 2019-2021 and will be available to all diplomates in 2022 as a permanent alternative to the MOC examination.

Lifelong Learning: Continuous Certification Pilot Project Articles

ABPN has selected 23 APA articles as part of their MOC Part III Pilot Project. As a member benefit, APA is providing these articles free to members along with CME credit for reading each article. Each article is accredited for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Access Articles and Claim CME Credit

To access the articles and claim CME credit for each article read, access the article using the below button, read the article and complete the evaluation. You will need to complete a separate evaluation for each article you read. Only claim credit for the articles you have read*. All members are eligible to earn credit, participation in continuous certification is not a requirement. APA cannot provide CME credits for other articles in the pilot for which the copyright is not owned by APA.

MOC Part III Pilot Project Credit

If you are participating in the MOC Part III Pilot Project, you must visit the ABPN website to take the quiz that corresponds with each journal article read. As per ABPN requirements, diplomates must correctly answer at least four of the five questions on the first attempt. For a given article, once a quiz has been started, it must be completed in a single sitting. Click here for additional information about the ABPN MOC Part III Pilot Project. For assistance with accessing the pilot project quizzes or login issues, please contact ABPN directly at [email protected]

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has approved the ABPN Article Assessment Pathway—currently called the Pilot Project—permanent alternative to the secure, proctored 10-year Continuing Certification (CC/MOC) examination. ABPN will offer the Article Assessment Pathway to all Diplomates beginning with the 2022 assessments and exams, including ABPN subspecialties.


* If you previously claimed CME credits for one of the articles you are not able to re-claim CME. You can check your CME transcript by logging in here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning in 2019, ABPN diplomates who are eligible and who volunteer for the pilot project will be required to read and answer five multiple-choice questions on at least 30 but no more than 40 peer- selected and ABPN approved journal articles. The questions will be administered in an online, open book format accessed via the internet from home or work.

To receive credit for reading an article, diplomates must correctly answer at least four of the five questions on the first attempt. For a given article, once a quiz has been started, it must be completed before proceeding to another exam. Diplomates will receive immediate feedback after answering questions related to an article.

The Pilot Project will be offered as an alternative to single MOC examinations in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP), Neurology, and Child Neurology. CAP is the only subspecialty offered during the pilot project. All other subspecialty examinations will be delivered in the current MOC examination format during the pilot project.

The pilot project will run for three years from 2019-2021. The length of time (eligibility period) for a diplomate to complete the pilot project varies by the expiration date of the diplomate's certificate or by their current block and status in the Continuous MOC Program (CMOC).

The pilot project begins for all eligible diplomates in January 2019 and is optional. Eligible diplomates may still choose to take the Part III MOC secured, proctored examination instead of participating in the pilot project.

Yes, all diplomates, including pilot project participants, must meet all MOC Program requirements to be reported as ‘Certified – Meeting MOC Requirements’: continuing medical education, self-assessment, and performance-in-practice, as well as paying any applicable fees.

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